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Who is DiMTEC?

DiMTEC is an education, training, and research centre within the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences on the Bloemfontein Campus of the University of the Free State in South Africa. At DiMTEC, we strive to educate the public on disaster risk reduction and resilience building through the Postgraduate Diploma, Master's and PhD degrees in Disaster Management, research projects, and short learning programmes (SLPs). DiMTEC’s first course was approved and registered by the South African Qualifications Authority in 2001, after which we joined the Department of Agricultural Economics with the vision of becoming an independent centre, which came about in 2005.


Our vision is to be an internationally recognised centre of excellence in disaster management training, education, and research.


Our mission is to equip and produce professionals in disaster management who actively contribute to disaster risk reduction and management in order to build resilience as constituted in the United Nations, regional, and national frameworks. We also engage in disaster risk reduction and disaster management consultancy projects and research that is in line with environmental, social, economic, and political changes. We endeavour to succeed in our mission through professional academics and support staff, recent technology, and state-of-the-art facilities.


Humanity – to treat everybody with dignity and respect

Inclusiveness in diversity – DiMTEC prides itself on embracing diversity in unity   

Innovation – to advance scientific knowledge through innovative teaching, learning, and research

Excellence – to continually pursue opportunities that optimise value for our activities

Professionalism – to uphold professionalism in everything we do

DiMTEC first – to put the centre before any personal interest

Ubuntu – to conscientise the fact that ‘I am here because you are there’.

Strategic Goal

To provide education and training to postgraduate students, and to undertake research and projects related to disaster management in order to actively contribute to disaster risk reduction and community resilience, as constituted in the relevant national, regional, and international frameworks.


Postgraduate Diploma in Disaster Management
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Master of Disaster Management
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Doctor of Philosophy majoring in Disaster Management
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Closing date for applications: 30 September

2022 Faculty Postgraduate Brochure
2022 UFS Postgraduate Prospectus

Faculty Rule Book 2021

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Acting Head of Department

Dr Johannes Belle 
E: BelleJA@ufs.ac.za
T: +27 51 401 9347

Programme Director (Academic Enquiries)

Dr Alice Ncube
E: ncubea@ufs.ac.za
T: +27 51 401 9701
F: +27 51 401 9336

Department Secretary (General Enquiries)

Dr Annelene van Straten
E: dimtec@ufs.ac.za
T: +27 51 401 2721
F: +27 51 401 9336

Physical Address

Room 3.102, First Floor, Agriculture Building
Bloemfontein Campus, University of the Free State
Nelson Mandela Road
South Africa

Postal Address

UFS Internal 66
PO Box 339
South Africa


Elfrieda van den Berg (Marketing Manager)
T: +27 51 401 2531


Dilahlwane Mohono (Faculty Officer)
T: +27 58 718 5284

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